Kim Jong Il made a surprise appearance on the season premiere edition of Fox TV’s “The Simpsons” on Sunday night. And so did “the Internet he banned.”
The episode, which marked the beginning of the 23rd season of the hit animated show, features a former CIA agent called Wayne. Played by Kiefer Sutherland, Wayne becomes a security guard at the nuclear power plant and eventually saves Homer’s life.
It’s right at the end of the show that he reveals he was “in a North Korean prison being forced to write a musical about Kim Jong Il with a car battery hooked up to my nipples.”
The musical, called “Being Short is no Hindrance to Greatness,” included a song that spelled out the name of the Dear Leader. The song started out with some quite cutting lines but then lost a little imagination and faded out:
“K is for Korea just the north part, I is for the Internet he bans.
M is for the millions that are missing, J is for our human-tasting jam.
O is for oh boy we love our leader, N is for the best Korea north.
G is for gee-whiz we love our leader …”
Foreign Policy, an American foreign policy media, selected the nations with the most executions done : China, Iran, and North Korea.
North Korea is on the 3rd with approximately 60 executions done.
However, this was only done with official records, but considering all the human rights abuse and secret abusing that go on in North Korea, North Korea practically and easily tops the list, I believe.
North Korea, where dictatorship has been passed down to the third generation, has been proven to be the land of human rights abuse by the testimonies of the defectors. Political prisons inside are full of violence and public executions, and the agents that look over these facilities rape, torture, and abuse the prisoners as if they were nothing.
North Korean citizens' rights and lives are nothing more than a piece of trash on the street.
Although North Korea may be the third on the official list, they sure are qualified to be the first unofficially.
Kim Jong-il Scratches Meeting Due to Poor Health
North Korean leader Kim Jong-il reportedly cancelled a meeting with Indonesian officials two weeks ago because of his failing health conditions.
Quoting an Indonesian official, Japan's Jiji news agency reported on Sunday that a delegation including former president Megawati Sukarnoputri visited Pyongyang from Sept. 12 to 16.
But the Indonesian official said the meeting was cancelled due to the North Korean leader's health condition, without any explanation or details provided. The official added that such cancellations happen rarely.
Playing with the 'pleasure girls' while the citizens are starving to death,
Allowing even public executions to maintain 3-generation power inheritance
Maintaining military-first politics with missile and nuclear weapons...
Maybe all this tragedy is the punishment for North Korea's crimes.
You can never escape your past crimes....
Rescue for Sook-Ja Shin, also known as 'daughter of Tongyong', is becoming an international issue as the top three world human rights advocates and a German human rights activist are campaigning for the issue.
Last week, a woman who has been 'protesting in silence for the improvement of human rights in North Korea' in front of North Korea's Embassy in Berlin for the past 2 years, called for Shin Sook-Ja's rescue. Many human rights organizations are also mobilizing to sue and criticize Kim Jong-Il's regime for the inhumane crimes and to rescue Shin Sook-Ja.
Besides Shin Sook-Ja case, which has only shown the tip of the iceberg, North Korea has built a 'murder factory', political prison where human rights abuse is beyond imagination for anybody.
We cannot just let North Korea commit whatever human rights absue they want. The international body of human rights activists must altogether criticize and act against North Korea's human rights abuse in order to save the countless citizens of North Korea. North Korea's human rights abuse must end, and their crimes must be punished.
The Korean Wave is even reaching North Korea. On September 15, the RFA reported that “Boys Over Flowers” is currently very popular amongst middle school, high school, and college students in North Korea.
According to the broadcast, currently in North Korea there are only 21 episodes of the 25 that are being circulated in North Korea. Currently people are frantically looking for the final four episodes. It was said on the broadcast, “People that are selling Korean films illegally are trying hard to obtain the last episodes of ‘Boys Over Flowers’ but they aren’t having much luck. Whoever obtains the episodes and begins distributing them will make a lot of money.”
Also interesting is the fact that the RFA reported that amongst middle school and high school students, the hairstyles of the main characters are very popular. They have made names for the hairstyles, “Goo Joon Pyo Hair” and “Yoon Ji Hu Hair.”
The female character, Geum Jan Di’s dress is also so popular that it is hard to buy any dresses that are similar because they are all being sold out.
“Boys Over Flowers” was a popular drama in 2009 that described the story of four rich “Flower Boys” and an average girl.
North Korea's been getting crazy about earning foreign money and it's allegedly been using religious institutions for its money soure according to some reports.
currently North Korea's religions have been acting as a tool for politicl propaganda and religious organizations are comprised only with people who are willing to propagate the idea of socialism's superiority under the control of the party and the government.
Hence the people who are affiliated with the religious entities in North Korea look like faithful believer outwardly, but in reality, they are no more than a well trained propaganda agents who are supposed to be assigned to work for foreign business..
Although this is not yet a proved fact, considering that North Korea has forced kids and women to be involved in performance and prostitution in overseas just to earn some money from foreign countries, it is highly likely that North Korea would have converted religious organizations to source of foreign currency.
It is disgusting that North Korea has insatiable demand for foreign currency..
A while ago, a group of North Korean defectors were rescued near Japan's Ishikawa area, and they talked about the harsh reality they faced in North Korea.
The man that led the escape said, "there was no future there, so we decided to escape."
As the number of defectors has been increasing, North Korean authorities have tightened the border security as well.
The fact that North Korean citizens are escaping from all sides despite the tight security really shows how much of an empty promise North Korea's military-first policies and 3-generation inheritance are, and the severity of the food shortage, economic problems, and general uneasiness.
Now NGOs, religious organizations and tourists are telling the 'real' stories about North Korea, but these defectors really showed how bad the situation is, especially when a military fund manager escaped.
What North Korea's 3 Kim's have been advertising as "2012 Greatest Nation" and nice food and housing all turned out to be a blatant lie.
World Food Programme(WFP) released videos showing the reality of starving North Korean children and the aftermath of flooding.
This video shows the starved and malnourished children of a nursery of Hwanghaedo area, and flood-destroyed bridges, roads, and rice paddies.
The children of the nursery have no focus in their eyes due to the malnutrition, and skin diseases all over them due to unsanitary water. With just skin and bones, they don't even have the strength to stand; the whole nursery is full of children just sitting like living corpse. It is an extraordinarily saddening scene.
The food shortage of North Korea only worsened after the recent flooding. European Union and the USA have been showing willingness to provide food aids, but it is unclear whether the government of North Korea will actually and honestly deliever the food to the starving citizens.
Little children who should be playing outside innocently are dying helplessly because of a flawed society. We can only hope for North Korea's willingness to solve this food shortage problem.
A human rights expert has called on the EU to continue strictly implementing the UN sanctions and its own restrictive measures against North Korea.
Speaking on Tuesday at a conference in Tokyo, Willy Fautre, of the Brussels-based NGO Human Rights Without Frontiers, also welcomed apparent improvements in the country's human rights record.
Fautre said that no comprehensive study has ever been carried out to assess the efficiency of the UN and the US sanctions, of the EU restrictive measures and of the overall "naming and shaming" policy by various human rights NGOs and institutions around the world.
However, he added, "It seems that North Korea has partly curbed its repression policy on some issues that have been highly publicised around the world.
"On the basis of fragmented information it seems that the number of executions has diminished, that the imprisonment periods of the repatriated defectors are now reduced, that forced abortions of repatriated pregnant defectors and killings of newborn children are less practiced during their detention.
"It means that North Korea is not totally deaf to pressure of the international community.
"This should be both an encouragement and a source of inspiration for the shaping of EU policies concerning North Korea."
In his speech to the conference, Fautre addressed a number of recommendations to the EU in its dealings with the North Korean regime which he said has the poorest human rights record in the world.
He said, "The EU should go on strictly implementing the UN sanctions and its own restrictive measures, and annually report on them.
"It should also go on pressuring the North Korean leadership through its own mechanisms, including the European parliament delegation for relations with the Korean peninsula to abide by the international human rights standards and to respect its UN commitments."
He said the EU should also press the countries in which defectors have taken refuge to apply the principle of "non-refoulement" and press China to allow the international community to provide direct and unhindered assistance to North Korean defectors.
Fautre told the conference that up to now, North Korea has demonstrated an "extraordinary" ability to survive the UN sanctions of which the EU is part of.
In 2006, sanctions under UN resolution 1718 imposed an embargo on heavy armaments and on material that can be used for ballistic purposes; an assets freeze and a ban on technical assistance, on travels of persons involved in DPKR's nuclear and ballistic programme, as well as on the transfer of luxury goods to North Korea.
"Enforcement of the sanctions is however difficult as it requires intrusive inspections of all cargo entering North Korea, which the main neighbouring country, China, will not do," he added.